A Procrastinator Guide for Cheap Last Minute Holiday
Use Hotel Coupons/Voucher
We are so used to buy meal voucher but not hotel voucher. It can be quite a good deal and it can save you significant holiday expenses.
We use voucher we have bought almost 1 year ago to our last-minute Resort holiday at Nongsa Point Marina Resort. We just couldn’t find the time until end of the year and book the date last minute with the hotel.
It was best deal because we get really nice room with Seaview. The voucher comes with some privileges such as some sea sports (which we didn’t really use since we just love to laze around either in bed or in the pool).
Just nice, it was holiday season yet we do not need to pay extra for peak season rate and we book it last minute since the voucher is almost expired and the hotel has no choice than to book a room for us last minute.
Do take note on the term and condition of the voucher before you purchase it.
Special Occasion? Mention It!
No, of course don’t lie. But during my birthday my husband will mention it to the hotel he booked for us or to the flight we took.
The airline gave me a surprise birthday cake, and the hotel surprise us with nice birthday cake and room decorated specially to welcome us.
If it is your anniversary, a special getaway weekend with friends, or the first time you and your partner are traveling together, it's worth a mention.
Its pretty nice to arrive with a bottle of Champagne or birthday cake or beautifully decorated room just for you after the travel.
Ask Locals for Advice
Local know the best places for affordable and authentic food or main attraction.
Read the travel blog from people who have been there before, ask random your local friends, random people you meet on the street, hotel staff, airbnb host or tour guide. We save some cash and have delicious meals all at the same time.
Good things come to those who wait and.... ASK.
Book Attraction Ticket / Transport in Advance
Although I like to go with the flow, but I realise when we book the even just a day or two in advance for any ticket for main attraction or transport, it can save us money and wait times.
When we plan to bring our daughter to Kidzania at Kuala Lumpur, we saw there is promotion for local ASTRO member. We asked our friend who has family in Malaysia and subscribe to ASTRO. And we got 30% discount tickets for Adult and Child.
Remember, ASK and book earlier!
Choose the restaurant in Advance
Do consider to purchase ticket from local groupon voucher too as it can save money significantly. But careful to read the term and condition in detail before you purchase. You will realise you get a really good deal when we purchase the voucher in advance. Even just a day or two in advance can save you quite a significant expense for the holiday.
Sign Up for Airline Emails
We took a family trip to Kuala Lumpur simply because we saw a flight deal from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur for $50 return tickets.
Perhaps it’s worth to create a new gmail address for travel deals.
Be Point Savvy and Smart Credit Card Users
We can stay at four-star to five hotel for free due to credit card points we accumulate. My sister with her family of 4 fly from Melbourne to Singapore and only pay for $800 for the entire airfare tickets for 4 persons with the point from credit cards that they earned.
Sometime we get nice surprises to meet other residences who stayed in the same hotel with us.
Look who we met at the breakfast table?